Mitchell Marsh could possibly be ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) after sustaining a serious ankle injury during Sunrisers Hyderabad's clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.
Marsh had entered the tournament at the back of a series of profitable outings in Australia's white-ball tour of England.
However, the all-rounder could only send down four deliveries before limping off the field in the RCB innings. His over was then completed by Vijay Shankar.
Marsh's painful ankle twist occurred off the second ball he bowled as he tried to stop a punch down the ground from compatriot Aaron Finch.
Although he did manage two more deliveries, Marsh was visibly wincing through his run-up and did not return to the field until the final moments of the match.
He came out to bat at No. 10 amidst a spectacular collapse endured by Sunrisers, who lost their last eight wickets for 32 runs in pursuit of the 164-run target.
Marsh's brave act lasted only one delivery as he was dismissed while attempting a slog off Shivam Dube. Affected by the force of the bat swing, Marsh could barely stay on his feet and had to be helped off back to the pavilion by the SRH physio and support staff.
Sunrisers skipper David Warner later admitted Marsh's injury didn't "look great" as the team management would assess his fitness for the remainder of the competition.
“Doesn’t look great. A lot of courage from him to walk out there and try his best, but it was unfortunate tonight," the southpaw said in a TV interview in the aftermath of the 10-run loss to RCB.
“He’s got to get an X-ray, hopefully, it’s not too bad. Obviously, what you saw out there, it was quite painful, he can’t put any weight on it. Fingers crossed," Warner added.
Marsh's unfit status adds to the injury woes of Sunrisers as star overseas recruit Kane Williamson is currently warming the bench as well due to a quad strain.
The 2016 IPL winners would likely replace Marsh with hard-hitting West Indies batsman Fabian Allen or veteran Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi.